Ephs conclude regular season with flawless victory over Trinity, host NESCAC Tournament next weekend

Chloe Henderson '20
Chloe Henderson '20

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Ephs wrapped up regular-season play on Sunday afternoon with a match against fellow NESCAC outfit, Trinity College. Forced indoors due to morning showers, the weather did not dampen the spirits of the Ephs, however, who blitzed the visiting Bantams, snatching all three doubles points before racing over the finish line in singles, to clinch a 5-0 win for the purple and gold on the final day of the regular season.

The Ephs were relentless in the opening doubles portion of the dual, only dropping one game across all three courts to earn a 3-0 lead going into singles.

First off the courts were Leah Bush and Mia Gancayco, who were deployed on Court 3 and made quick work of Ania Aliev and Jane Weber, 8-0.

With the Ephs already trending in the right direction, it didn't take long for the one-point lead to become three, as Hannah Atkinson and Chloe Henderson dismissed Krista Jiranek and Jillian Winer, 8-1, a matter of minutes before the top Ephs pairing of Juli Raventos and Linda Shin saw off Vanja Babunski and Julia Brogan in straightforward, 8-0, fashion.

Needing only two singles points to clinch the match, Gancayco and Henderson executed their task to perfection on Courts 4 and 5 to get the Ephs over the line, each recording 6-0, 6-1 score-lines over Aliev and Sara Curtis respectively, securing the Ephs their 21stconsecutive victory over the Bantams.

With the men's match still to be played on the indoor courts, the remaining four singles matches either yet-to-be finished or yet-to-be played were suspended, and the Ephs and Bantams called it a day.

After the match, Eph head coach Alison Swain noted her team's efficiency in their win on Sunday: "The team had a good plan going into today's match and executed it very well. It feels good to wrap up our regular season at home with two good wins."

The Ephs now look forward to next weekend, when they will be hosting the 2017 NESCAC Tournament, set to start on Friday. If the Ephs hope to be awarded the second seed in the tournament, and if so, they will have a bye in the first round and play their first match on Saturday. Otherwise, the Ephs will play their NESCAC first round match on Friday afternoon. Official seedings will be announced on Tuesday by the NESCAC.

Williams 5, Trinity (Conn.) 0 

  1. Raventos, Juli/Shin, Linda (WILLIAMS) def. Babunski, Vanja/Brogan, Julia (TRINITY) 8-0
  2. Atkinson, Hannah/Henderson, Chloe (WILLIAMS) def. Jiranek, Krista/Winer, Jillian (TRINITY) 8-1
  3. Bush, Leah/Gancayco, Mia (WILLIAMS) def. Aliev, Ania/Weber, Jane (TRINITY) 8-0
  1. Raventos, Juli (WILLIAMS) v. Babunski, Vanja (TRINITY) 4-2 DNF
  2. Bush, Leah (WILLIAMS) v. Jiranek, Krista (TRINITY) DNP
  3. Atkinson, Hannah (WILLIAMS) v. Winer, Jillian (TRINITY) DNP
  4. Gancayco, Mia (WILLIAMS) def. Aliev, Ania (TRINITY) 6-0, 6-1
  5. Henderson, Chloe (WILLIAMS) def. Curtis, Sara (TRINITY) 6-0, 6-1
  6. Saab, Carmen (WILLIAMS) v. Weber, Jane (TRiNITY) 6-2, 4-1 DNF

Order of Finish:
Doubles – 3, 2, 1
Singles – 4, 5

Match Notes:
Williams: 13-4, NESCAC 7-1, nationally ranked #4, regionally ranked #2 (Northeast)
Trinity (Conn.): 6-9, NESCAC 1-6, nationally unranked, regionally ranked #19 (Northeast)